The intention of this department is to provide an open and frank account of nomadic and semi nomadic communities, recognized tribes and rural human populations of our country. The approaches and methods used in the department are field research based that varies across disciplines. For example, biologists who conduct field research may simply observe animals interacting with their environments, whereas social scientists conducting field research may interview or observe people in their natural environments to learn their languages, folklore, and social structures.
Field research involves a range of well-defined, although variable, methods: informal interviews, direct observation, participation in the life of the group, collective discussions, analyses of personal documents produced within the group, self-analysis, results from activities undertaken off- or on-line, and life-histories. Although the method generally is characterized as qualitative research, it may (and often does) include quantitative dimensions.
The Programme of the institute is ideally suited for both working officials as well as fresh graduates. It aims to enhance managerial skills, research competence and self – development amongst the participants. In view of rapid changes in communication and technology and increasing need of massive trained manpower in rural development, AIHSD has established it to initiate a number of programmes for capacity building of development personnel of Governmental Organisations, elected representatives and educated youth to function as change managers.
The department offers a range of courses that addresses key policy and management issues in rural development. It provides students with core development and management insights and imparts analytical skills for planning and managing Rural Development Programmes. It develops students' capacities and infuse right attitudes, values and ethics. It has the objective of providing more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society, in a coordinated and planned manner.